Casinos prepare for reopening

After an almost two-week mandated closure, local casinos are preparing to reopen with Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) staff carrying out inspections at casino facilities and monitoring the implementation of preventive measures.

Local casinos have been shuttered since July 11 when a partial lockdown has been enforced to contain the city’s worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

A partial lockdown easing period will now start tomorrow July 23 and end on July 30, with some essential and non-essential commercial establishments, public departments and some businesses allowed to resume limited operations.

As with other non-essential businesses, casinos will only be allowed to re-open with 50 per cent of the normal staff on-site, while enforcing several pandemic control measures.

DICJ urged gaming concessionaires to comply with the respective requirements mandated by the new executive order, including the thorough cleaning and disinfection of the various facilities of the casinos, warning workers on the use of masks of type KN95 or higher standard, the presentation of the health code in green colour and the measurement of body temperature at the time of entry, and maintaining adequate distance between the seats of gaming tables and gaming machines.

Macau’s average daily casino gross gaming revenue for the first 10 days of July stood at US$2.48 million, or a 62 per cent sequential drop compared to the previous week.

The SAR’s gross gaming revenue had already fallen to its lowest monthly tally this year in June, the lowest results since September 2020.